The Soul of Recovery: Uncovering the Spiritual Dimension in the Treatment of Addictions – A Recovery Book Millions of alcoholics and addicts recover through spirituality. In The Soul of Recovery: Uncovering the Spiritual Dimension in the Treatment of Addictions, author and journalist Christopher D. Ringwald tells how and why they seek and achieve these transformations. …∞
This is one of my favourites! An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, worry, …∞
Stools and Bottles Stools and Bottles: A Study of Character Defects – 31 Daily Meditations Stools and Bottles uses the concept of a barstool (the seat and three legs) and eight bottles to represent the importance of the first four steps (of the Twelve Steps) of Alcoholics Anonymous. The author began using this concept in …∞
A Spiritual Agnostic “We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colours, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves. “Instead, we looked at the human defects of these people, …∞
The Dark Side of Goal-Setting. It’s worth bearing in mind the dark side of goal-setting so that you don’t stray from your overall aims. Goals can be useful, but they shouldn’t be too inflexible. Too specific: It’s easy to get stuck on a goal that’s too specific and lose sight of the overall aim. Goals …∞
Sister Ignatia epitomized the spirit of love, service, and honesty that today are the hallmarks of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Will power, will and higher power are terms discussed in 12-Step programs of recovery. I for one did not understand the differences between the various attitudes and actions I adopted. Then I came across something similar to the following and I was able to tell the difference between them – at least in theory. I …∞
Spirituality is a word used in an abundance of contexts that means different things for different people at different times in different cultures. Although expressed through religions, art, nature and the built environment for centuries, recent expressions of spirituality have become more varied and diffuse. This is reflected in the range of language used to …∞
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People in 12 Step recovery can aim at these ideals. For the most part, we just try to think and act like decent human beings concerned for the wellbeing of our fellows. We can;- become patient with ourselves and others. be kind even towards people who are nasty towards us. be generous with our time …∞
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Encouraging post-treatment self-help group involvement to reduce demand for continuing care services: two-year clinical and utilization outcomes. BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence indicates that addiction and psychiatric treatment programs that actively promote self-help group involvement can reduce their patients’ health-care costs in the first year after treatment, but such initially impressive effects may wane over time. This …∞
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